New Delhi (NVI): The Armed Forces Medical Sevices (AFMS) has deployed additional doctors at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) COVID hospital in Delhi to cater to the current surge, Defence wing said.
“Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) has deployed additional doctors, including specialists, super specialists and paramedics, at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) COVID hospital in Delhi to cater to the current surge in COVID-19 cases,” Defence wing said in a statement.
It said that 378 doctors have been mobilised in 2021 as compared to 294 in 2020.
“As against 294 doctors and health workers in 2020, 378 have been mobilised in 2021. These include 164 doctors in 2021 as against 132 doctors in 2020. Last year, only 18 specialists were mobilised, as against 43 specialists and 17 super specialists this year,” it said.
“This year, the manpower mobilisation has been accomplished at a very short notice of three days only. The highly-skilled specialists and super specialists have been deployed in the facility this time from the already stretched resources from the service hospitals. By all considerations, efforts at SVP facility this year are more than last year and much faster as well,” it added.
This year, when the facility was reopened on April 19, 2021 with provision of 250 beds, all the 250 beds were occupied within two hours of opening the facility, owing to the enormous surge in COVID cases in Delhi.
Of note, all these patients were critical and oxygen dependent. The critical patients admitted this time are in excess of more than 85% at any given point of time.
The country is currently witnessing a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hospitals across the country, especially in the national capital, have repeatedly flagged acute shortages in oxygen supply.
As many as 3,46,786 new cases and 2,624 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the official data issued by the union health ministry, the country’s total infection count has mounted to 1,66,10,481 cases, while 1,89,544 people have succumbed to it so far.